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SXSW Music 2013

My money & my fans: the copyright conundrum

This panel will provide background for the difficult choices artists make in deciding where they fall in the copyright debates. It aims to provide information for artists to strike their own a balance between seeing copyright as a way to make money, while not wanting to alienate their fans. The panel aims to address both the widespread nature of infringement and the potential for abuse of draconian copyright laws.

We currently have three legal experts on the panel: Andrew Bridges, a top lawyer in the area; Wendy Seltzer, a legal academic, activist, and technologist; & Margot Kaminski, an academic in international copyright law. We hope to add an industry perspective- inviting a representative from Paramount Pictures or a music label- and a musician who can speak about his/her own experience.

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  1. Is copyright necessary for creativity? What other models are there?
  2. I like free speech. But I also like to make a living. Why do people think copyright interferes with free speech- and why should this matter to me as an artist?
  3. I like my fans, but I don't want them to steal from me. What law exists on this, and is new law necessary?
  4. Remixing: I want my stuff to get licensed, but I don't want to get sued when I use clips from other artists. What are the rules, if any?
  5. What's new in copyright, and why should it matter to me?



Margot Kaminski, Executive Director, Information Society Project at Yale Law School

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  • Tags: copyright, law, fans
  • Event: Music
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Legal
  • Track 2
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